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The Geography of Poverty in Erie and Niagara Counties

Date: Nov 20, 2018
Author(s): Eli J. Levine
Topic(s): Economic Development: Economic Conditions, Poverty / Income Inequality: General
Type: Buffalo Brief

This Buffalo Brief provides visuals of the locations and rates of poverty in Erie and Niagara counties. 

Poverty rates are highest in the urban centers of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Lockport, and on the Tuscarora and Cattaraugus Reservations. The only major suburb with significant levels of poverty is Lackawanna. But although the rate of poverty is highest in the cities, many more people live outside of the cities than in them; thus, the number of people living in poverty outside the cities is roughly equal to that inside them.